Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. A law; an act of justice or judgment which renders a criminal process civil; performed by turning an information Into an Inquest or the contrary. Wharton. In public law. This ls a term which covers several states of society; it is relative, and has not a fixed sense, but it implies an improved and progressive condition of the people, living under an organized government, with systematized labor, individual ownership of the soil, Individual aceumula-tlons of property, humane and somewhat cultivated manners and customs, the Institution of the family, with well-defined and respected domestic and social relations, Institutions of learning, intellectual activity, etc. Roche v. Washington, 19 Ind. 56, 81 Am. Dec; 376.